<p>Tatiana Maslany as Alison in &quot;Orphan Black.&quot;</p>

Tatiana Maslany as Alison in "Orphan Black."

Credit: BBC America

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

An unknown playing multiple roles, the returning favorite, a woman named Emmy, and more

Part 6 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like if I wanted to nominate Tony Hale for "Arrested Development" rather than "Veep"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her).

Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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<p>Take it easy, Steve the Drunk:&nbsp;the &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;reviews will return next week.</p>

Take it easy, Steve the Drunk: the "Deadwood" reviews will return next week.

Credit: HBO

Programming note: 'Deadwood' review delayed

Sorry, hoopleheads, but Al and company will be back next week

As I mentioned last night about "Hannibal," this week got horribly away from me due to various unforeseen circumstances (James Gandolfini's shocking death chief among them). While this is the time when you would ordinarily be reading my review of "Deadwood" season 3, episode 4, "Full Faith and Credit," I haven't even been able to finish watching the episode yet, much less write about it. So we're taking the week off, and pushing "Full Faith and Credit" to next Friday.

Sorry. Couldn't be helped.

<p>Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy in a scene from the &quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy in a scene from the "Hannibal" season finale.

Credit: NBC

'Hannibal' producer Bryan Fuller on the season finale and what's next

When would 'Red Dragon' be adapted? Is there any chance of a Fuller-ized 'Silence of the Lambs' season?

"Hannibal" just concluded an amazing first season of television. Last week, I spoke with the show's executive producer Bryan Fuller about the thought he and his tea put into finding a new take on Hannibal Lecter. I posted the first part of that interview yesterday, and I have the more spoiler-y portion (including some allusions to things from the various Lecter books and movies, so don't read on if you have no idea what's coming next for Lecter, Will Graham, or Jack Crawford) coming up just as soon as I draw you a clock...

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<p>Elijah Wood and Jason Gann in &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Elijah Wood and Jason Gann in "Wilfred."

Credit: FX

Season premiere review: 'Wilfred' - 'Uncertainty'

Wilfred meets his own clone, and Ryan searches for answers

A review of tonight's "Wilfred" season premiere coming up just as soon as I vaguely remember the Troglodytes...

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<p>Aden Young in &quot;Rectify.&quot;</p>

Aden Young in "Rectify."

Credit: Sundance

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Another deep field gives us the men of 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men,' 'Hannibal' and more

Part 5 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to our first lead category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like if I wanted to nominate Tony Hale for "Arrested Development" rather than "Veep"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her).

Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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<p>James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano.</p>

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano.

Credit: HBO

Remembering James Gandolfini and Tony Soprano

The right actor in the right role transformed the way we looked at television

James Gandolfini, whose performance as Tony Soprano forever transformed the way we thought about the TV characters we invited into our living room, has died suddenly while on vacation in Rome. He was 51.

As the star of "The Sopranos," what was so amazing about Gandolfini wasn't so much the way he looked — TV had had overweight and/or balding leading men before (and at the start, Tony wasn't that big) — but the way that he acted. He was a mobster, and an unapologetic one. Tony Soprano took what he wanted, rarely cared about who was hurt in the process, and at times was more animal than man.

We had been told all our lives that we would not watch an ongoing series about such a man. A bruising, foul-mouthed giant with a dent in his forehead was the villain, not the protagonist. TV had always made compromises, always made sure that "flawed" heroes were ultimately redeemable and lovable.

Tony Soprano was not. And we loved him, often despite ourselves.

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<p>&quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in a scene from tomorrow's season finale.</p>

"Hannibal" star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in a scene from tomorrow's season finale.

Credit: NBC

'Hannibal' producer Bryan Fuller on cannibal cuisine, renewal and more

How did the 'Pushing Daisies' creator avoid cloning previous Hannibal Lecter adaptations?

NBC’s “Hannibal” concludes what’s been a fantastic first season tomorrow night at 10. What could have felt like a bad retread of — well, of all the other serial killer dramas and movies that have been ripping off the original Hannibal Lecter stories for the last few decades — turned out, under the guidance of producer Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies”), to be a riveting, nightmarish story about the impacts and causes of violence, and the effect investigating the crimes of a man like Dr. Lecter (played in cool, hypnotic fashion by Mads Mikkelsen) would have on criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).  

Last week, I spoke with Fuller about how he chose to approach the material — the show spins out of a few passages in Thomas Harris’ first Lecter novel, “Red Dragon” — the casting of Mikkelsen, the care taken to creating Dr. Lecter’s disgusting and yet beautiful meals, and more. I'm splitting this interview into two parts: 1)This first one about Fuller's approach to the familiar source material(*), his philosophy about Dr. Lecter's meals, and other things that won't spoil the finale; and 2)A second interview that will be published after the finale airs, discussing the events of it and what may be coming down the road (including when or if the series might be adapting the main plots of "Red Dragon" and "Silence of the Lambs"). 

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<p>Max Greenfield as Schmidt on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Max Greenfield as Schmidt on "New Girl."

Credit: FOX

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

We know the 'Modern Family' men will dominate the real nominations, but who else is worthy?

Part 4 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like if I wanted to nominate Tony Hale for "Arrested Development" rather than "Veep"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her).

Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and also embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 187: 'Mad Men,' 'Veronica Mars,' 'Devious Maids' & 'Crossing Lines'

Dan and Alan also talk hockey on TV and a possible 'Game of Thrones' solution

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After the last few record-breaking weeks, today's installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast clocked in at a relatively tidy 97-minute length, thanks to only two new premieres we both had time to watch, plus the usual "Mad Men" discussion, our latest pilot rewatch ("Veronica Mars"), and a couple of letters. (The "Game of Thrones" suggestion is cool, even though we agreed HBO would never do it.) Next week, two pilots: "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." 

The lineup:

"Crossing Lines" (00:00:45 - 00:14:40)
"Devious Maids" (00:14:45 - 00:25:45)
Listener Mail - "Game of Thrones" splitting (00:26:00 - 00:32:45)
Listener Mail - NBC Stanley Cup (00:32:50 - 00:38:10)
"Mad Men" (00:38:35 - 01:13:00)
Summer Rewatch: "Veronica Mars" (01:13:00 - 01:37:05)
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
<p>&quot;Nurse Jackie&quot;&nbsp;(Edie Falco)&nbsp;celebrates the anniversary of her sobriety with some help from her kids.</p>

"Nurse Jackie" (Edie Falco) celebrates the anniversary of her sobriety with some help from her kids.

Credit: Showtime

Season finale review: 'Nurse Jackie' - 'Soul'

A familiar season ends in a familiar place for Edie Falco and friends

A quick review of last night's "Nurse Jackie" season finale — and season 5 as a whole — coming up just as soon as I kidnap you in a Zipcar...

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